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“Interview With a Dead Man”

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Sermon Outline

The disciple's journey from the cross began with the false premise that Jesus was dead!

  • What they carried proved it.
  • What they conveyed proved it.

John 20:11-26 NKJVBut Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." 14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.' " 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. 19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." 24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 he other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!"

What must have went through Thomas' mind during those seven full days?

Five good reasons to reject Jesus Christ and the claims of Christianity:

1. You have found a more compelling story of love elsewhere.

  • Christianity alone claims that their leader died for a pre-determined purpose and then arose from the dead just as He predicted!
  • While many have orchestrated the "faking" of their death, very few have orchestrated the actual "taking" of their life.

Five good reasons to reject Jesus Christ and the claims of Christianity:

2. You are convinced that women cannot be trusted.

3. You believe mass hallucinations are possible.

Now, let's read the rest of the story and the INTERVIEW with a dead man.

John 20:26-31 NKJVAnd after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" 27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." 30 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Five good reasons to reject Jesus Christ and the claims of Christianity:

4. You are a bona fide risk taker.

  • What risks are worth taking?
  • What risks are not worth taking?
  • Are you willing to bank on the fact that there is no God and that life ends at physical death?

Five good reasons to reject Jesus Christ and the claims of Christianity:

5. You have thoroughly examined the evidence and find it baseless and without merit.

  • How do you deal with your guilt/remorse/shame?
  • How can you face life's uncontrollable storms?

John 20:30-31 NKJVAnd truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

In Conclusion:

The disciple's journey from the cross began with the false premise that Jesus was dead!

The disciple's journey to the tomb began with faith-filled assurance that Jesus was alive!

Discussion Questions

Questions For Kids

  1. What part of Easter do you like best?
  2. Do you think Jesus looked different after He rose from the tomb? If yes, in what way?
  3. If you had been alive then and found the tomb where Jesus was buried opened would you have gone in? Why or why not?

Questions For Adults

  1. What evidence is most convincing to you that Jesus did in fact rise from the dead?
  2. Why might Jesus have made Thomas wait seven full days before revealing Himself to him?
  3. Is it wrong to blame Thomas for not believing?
  4. In what ways are people blessed who believe, even though they don't yet see the Resurrected Jesus?
  5. Who should you & will you share a link to the sermon video with?

Please send Pastor Woody any questions you need help answering for yourself or your kids: mwoody@hopecommunitywaterford.net